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When the Sky Falls (2000)

Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton invades the Irish underworld and attempts to expose the illegitimate activities that she has found. Hampered by the system, a police ... See full summary »

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John Mackenzie

Writers:

Guy Andrews (additional dialogue), Ronan Gallagher | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Allen ... Sinead Hamilton
Patrick Bergin ... Mackey
Liam Cunningham ... John Cosgrave (The Runner)
Kevin McNally ... Tom Hamilton
Jimmy Smallhorne Jimmy Smallhorne ... Mickey O'Fagan
Gerard Mannix Flynn Gerard Mannix Flynn ... Dave Hackett (as Gerard Flynn)
Jason Barry ... Dempsey
Pete Postlethwaite ... Martin Shaughnessy
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Jimmy Keaveney
Owen Roe ... John O'Connor
Gavin Kelty Gavin Kelty ... Tattoo
Vincent Walsh ... Shaw
Frank Grimes ... Paul McCarling
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Jamie Thornton
Liam Carney ... Dessie O'Reilly
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Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton invades the Irish underworld and attempts to expose the illegitimate activities that she has found. Hampered by the system, a police consort is ineffectual at aiding her despite trying to step outside of the normal bounds. Her husband, who hates her activities and the danger in which she places herself. Nonetheless, he grudgingly admires her persistence and encourages her investigation. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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when the truth is hidden when the witness is silenced when the sky falls

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for brutal violence, strong language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Language:

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Release Date:

16 June 2000 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Veronica Guerin See more »

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Opening Weekend:

£62,848 (United Kingdom), 18 June 2000, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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The film is based on the real-time story of the Irish Journalist, Veronica Guerin. See more »

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Hard-hitting but imbalanced.
20 June 2000 | by MartPolSee all my reviews

'When The Sky Falls' is one of those violent, hard-hitting films that the UK does so well on TV. And indeed this feels like it should have been a 4-hour miniseries, not a 2-hour film. The subject matter is fascinating, the acting excellent and the themes raised very potent.

Problem is, 'When The Sky Falls' can't seem to make up its mind whether it wants to be a straight thriller, a celebration of one woman's triumph or an examination of the aftermath (or continuation) of the Troubles in Ireland. Given a longer duration it could deal with all the matters effectively, not leave the viewer gasping for breath as he tries to unravel all the various elements of the complex plot. The film is also cursed with the kind of weak, rather dull ending often associated with 'true-life' movies; and the sickening violence seems somehow out of place in so serious a project.

All this aside, 'When The Sky Falls' is a gripping, intriguing piece of drama; it's just not half the film it could have been.


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